Jerusalem (AP) — After spending most of the past year blocking, Tel Aviv make-up artist Artyom Kavnatsky was ready to get back to work. But when he appeared in a recent photo shoot, his employer turned him back. the reason? He had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“He didn’t take me because I wasn’t vaccinated,” Kavnatsky said. “It’s discrimination, it’s not okay.”
The rapid pitch of Israeli vaccination drives has made it one of the few countries that can return to many of its pre-pandemic routines. Bars, businesses, hotels and health clubs have all revived in Israel. In Israel, about 80% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, and deaths from new infectious diseases and COVID-19 are plummeting.
Israel gives a glimpse of what is possible with high immunization rates, but also provides insight into future issues. Workplaces and schools are working on what to do with people who refuse to be vaccinated as the next step in a pandemic.Again, public health concerns about personal rights, and perhaps New question of fairness.. One case has already been closed in court, and the other cases are expected to be.
Airlines We are already considering whether the trip requires vaccination or a recent negative test, So is the European Union. Some UK and US officials are investigating whether vaccination evidence can help return large-scale rallies, but there is great resistance in the US to such measures. Whether you need a shot to get back to work or class is even more annoying question.
In many countries, this decision increases the likelihood that the population will be further divided along with access to wealth and vaccines. The majority of the 100,000 Palestinians who live on the West Bank and have Israeli work licenses are vaccinated, but vaccination activities on the West Bank and Gaza are far behind. In many parts of the world, vaccines, if any, are received very little.
So far, Israel has relied primarily on a set of incentives aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated. We have established a “green pass” for those who are completely vaccinated. Its owners can attend concerts, eat out, go to the gym, and travel to popular vacation spots such as Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece. Those who do not have a pass are out of luck.
This system works well in the areas of leisure and entertainment. But now it is moving to other areas. Health officials recommend excluding unvaccinated workers who have not recently tested negative for COVID-19 from schools, long-term care facilities, and other high-risk workplaces.
The Israeli healthcare system also requires all employees, including doctors, nurses, administrators and support staff, to be vaccinated against the coronavirus vaccine. If they refuse, they are transferred to work without contact with high-risk patients.
Rights groups have expressed concern that such regulations could endanger workers’ income.
There are similar concerns in education. Israel’s largest university, Tel Aviv, has so far found an uncertain balance.
When the university resumed face-to-face lessons, Vice-President Eyal Zisser said that only vaccinated students could be physically present. Those who do not can continue learning remotely.
“In the early stages, we follow the Green Pass to bring back some students and give the rest access to the lessons,” says Zisser.
Despite Israel’s success, hundreds of thousands of people remain unvaccinated. Some people are generally against vaccines, while others are hesitant to take developed shots very quickly. Health experts from the United Nations, the United States and Europe have stated that vaccines approved by Israel are safe and effective.
Makeup artist Kavenatsky is more broadly opposed to vaccines and modern medicine, saying “I don’t want to stick a needle in my body.” He is not alone. He is one of the more than 15,000 members of the Hebrew anti-vaccine Facebook group and is critical of what is considered a state-based compulsory vaccination.
Lape, a political party led by Arie Avni, a candid supporter of vaccine opponents, won more than 17,000 votes in last week’s parliamentary elections. It wasn’t enough to get into Congress, but it does show a challenge for policy makers.
The Israeli Ministry of Health acknowledges that its powers are limited.
“We cannot force people to vaccinate,” said Einav Shimron, Deputy Director of International Affairs at the ministry.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a non-governmental organization dealing with labor issues, said the long-term application of the Green Pass would pose a potential civil rights issue and called on the government to pass a law on this issue.
“If there is a policy that violates the right to employment and the right to choose what to do with one’s body to be hired, it must go through the legislative process,” said spokeswoman Maya Fried. “Public debate is needed.”
Meanwhile, the debate is already taking place in court.
In the first major decision on this topic, the Tel Aviv Labor Court in March allowed the day care center to ban teaching assistants who refused to be vaccinated or tested for coronavirus. The decision is expected to be appealed.
Dr. Nadab Davidovich, head of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians, said that vaccines in particular not only prevent the worst consequences of COVID-19. May reduce the spread of the virus. 9.3 million Israel have recorded at least 6,188 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
“I see vaccination as a solidarity action, not just an individual choice,” he said.
Still, he said he was opposed to dismissing people for compulsory vaccinations and refusals. Instead, he prefers a different approach, from education to persuasion. Those who continue to refuse may probably be given another job, work remotely, or take frequent tests.
Former military epidemiologist Davidovitch has experience with this issue. He said more than 90% of Israeli recruits who did not want to be vaccinated at the time of enlistment agreed after being educated by medical professionals.
“I think it’s a bad idea to move to obsession right away,” he said. “Most people are hesitant. They generally do not oppose vaccination.”